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Some exaggerated reports have been oircir i Isted regarding tbe strength ol tbe German Zeppelin fleet, but tbe actual number of these ve.sels at tbe disposal for raiding purposes is probably comparatively email. A correspondent of ibe London "Times," dral 1 ing with the subjec ractntly, retimated that at the i. ginning of the war Germany had on l , a doz'n Zpppe'ins fit for nrvioi", of which ii seems likely that at least three, or prooaWy six, have been destroyed. Tkl\ constriction of additional airships has bonr." pushed abeai aB rapidly |as p lasit.le, but each ship occupies about f v- mon bs in construction, a-ui probably he total number ibat cm) ba construct d sim iltaneocsly is not very great A eppelin,( though of light and fragile cot strcotion, is as bu ky as a Dreadnought, and each one hus to be provided with a shed which, to attain the maximum of efficiency, must be of revolving type, so that the airship may always emerge end on to the wi d. Some of tbe German Zeppelins are stationed m tbe Eastern frontier, and are unlikely to be spared from that service, and oibera are set aside as naval airships to oo operate with the fleet. Taking everything into aooount, the ro res. pondent thinks it unlikely that G imany will be abie to utilise more than a dozen Zeppelin 3in aDy raid upon England in tbe near future. These however, might be supplemented by a number of rigid and nonrigid airships smaller than Zeppelins but these craft, being inferior to tbe Zepptlins in icarrying capacity! are correspondingly ititer, or in striking power.

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THE GERMAN ZEPPELIN FLEET., Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3473, 26 January 1915

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THE GERMAN ZEPPELIN FLEET. Akaroa Mail and Banks Peninsula Advertiser, Volume LXXIV, Issue 3473, 26 January 1915

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